I’m looking forward to the October 2010 release of two books written by my professors at Westminster Seminary in California. Both are for us “pilgrims, sojourners and exiles” on the way from the City of Man to the City of God.
The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way
by Michael S. Horton
A prolific, award-winning author and theologian, professor Michael Horton’s highly anticipated The Christian Faith represents his magnum opus and will be viewed as one ofâ€”if not theâ€”most important systematic theologies in the past fifty years. A must read for professors, pastors, students, and armchair theologians.
From the Back Cover
Michael Horton’s highly anticipated The Christian Faith represents his magnum opus and will be viewed as one of—if not the—most important systematic theologies since Louis Berkhof wrote his in 1932. A prolific, award-winning author and theologian, Professor Horton views this volume as ‘doctrine that can be preached, experienced, and lived, as well as understood, clarified, and articulated.’ It is written for a growing cast of pilgrims making their way together and will be especially welcomed by professors, pastors, students, and armchair theologians. Features of this volume include: (1) a brief synopsis of biblical passages that inform a particular doctrine; (2) surveys of past and current theologies with contemporary emphasis on exegetical, philosophical, practical, and theological questions; (3) substantial interaction with various Christian movements within the Protestant, Catholic and Orthodoxy traditions, as well as the hermeneutical issues raised by postmodernity; and (4) charts, sidebars, questions for discussion, and an extensive bibliography, divided into different entry levels and topics.
Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture
by David VanDrunen
Living in God’s Two Kingdoms shows how Godâ€™s responses to the civil and spiritual kingdoms inform an active yet critical Christian engagement with culture.
Modern movements such as neo-Calvinism, the New Perspective on Paul, and the emerging church have popularized a view of Christianity and culture that calls for the redemption of earthly society and institutions. Many Christians have reflexively embraced this view, enticed by the socially active and engaged faith it produces.
Living in Godâ€™s Two Kingdoms illustrates how a two-kingdoms model of Christianity and culture affirms much of what is compelling in these transformationist movements while remaining faithful to the whole counsel of Scripture. By focusing on Godâ€™s response to each kingdomâ€”his preservation of the civil society and his redemption of the spiritual kingdomâ€”VanDrunen teaches readers how to live faithfully in each sphere.
Highlighting vital biblical distinctions between honorable and holy tasks, VanDrunenâ€™s analysis will challenge Christians to be actively and critically engaged in the culture around them while retaining their identities as sojourners and exiles in this world.
â€œFor those interested in a Reformed two-kingdom model, I can think of no better book to start than Living in Godâ€™s Two Kingdoms. Redemptive-historical in scope, heavenly minded in emphasis, and gentle in tone, David VanDrunen has made a great contribution to the ongoing discussion of the relationship of Christianity and culture.â€â€”Danny E. Olinger, General Secretary, Committee on Christian Education of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church
â€œEvangelicals today, including those within the Reformed community, have become annoyed by the competing (and, in a few cases, embarrassingly inadequate) â€œtransformationalistâ€ programs offered by leading Christian thinkers. With clarity and concision, David VanDrunen has offered an alternative perspective that liberates the Christian conscience to sincerely engage society without relegating the sovereignty of God over â€œevery square inchâ€ of it. Living in Godâ€™s Two Kingdoms will certainly stimulate debate and force Christians to reevaluate the relationship between Christ and culture.â€â€”Ryan McIlhenny, Assistant Professor of Humanities, Providence Christian College
â€œThe Apostle Peter writes that Christians are Godâ€™s own people, sojourners and exiles in this age. What does this calling mean for the way in which believers work in their jobs, raise their families, educate their children, and vote at the polls? In Living in Godâ€™s Two Kingdoms, David VanDrunen addresses these questions and more, offering a robust and reasoned alternative to transformationalist understandings of Christianity and culture. Whether or not readers agree with every argument in Living in Godâ€™s Two Kingdoms, they will find themselves engaged and challenged to think constructively and biblically about a critical issue in the life of the church. VanDrunen has done a great service to the church in promoting continued reflection on Christianity and culture, and in offering sound practical counsels to Christians eager to serve God in their pilgrimage heavenward.â€â€”Guy Prentiss Waters, Associate Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS